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Our Top 10 VM Picks from Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2016

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No stand. No launches. No appointments. But we were still very much at this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair…

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Printed Shopping Bags in time for Christmas Retail

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Not long to go now till Christmas, and many of you will be looking to make more than half your sales and profits in the three months leading up to it – so it’s never too early to start planning. Which brings us to those all important shopping bags – tote shoppers, bags for life – call them what you will. Every retailer has one, every customer needs one, so the question is, do you have plenty of them in stock and ready to go? If not, here’s a handy checklist of everything you need to know about buying printed tote bags for Christmas and early next year.

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OUT & ABOUT: LONDON CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL 2016

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This August, London Craft Beer Festival welcomed in beer aficionados from far and wide to the fourth edition of what they call ‘the best celebration of great beer in London’.  We popped by ticket in hand; which give us entry to one of the three dates it ran for, unlimited small pours, a festival glass and zine (which we later discovered to be a mini guidebook to all the beer).

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It’s (almost) Showtime!

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The Speciality & Fine Food Fair is just around the corner – are you ready to set yourself apart from the ever-expanding crowd of exhibitors? Read on to find out how ordering printed bags can work like magic to increase footfall and sales…

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One size fits all: From tote bag to status symbol

One Size fits all

Now an essential item when we hit the High Street, whether acquired from a fashion boutique or cheese shop, the unassuming cloth tote reveals more than you think about self-image and society.

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Bags for Christmas? Bags for Next Year? Easy!

Ordering bags for Christmas

Not long to go now till Christmas, and many of you will be looking to make more than half your sales and profits in the three months leading up to it – so it’s never too early to start planning. Which brings us to those all important shopping bags – tote shoppers, bags for life – call them what you will. Every retailer has one, every customer needs one, so the question is, do you have plenty of them in stock and ready to go? If not, here’s a handy checklist of everything you need to know about buying printed tote bags for Christmas and early next year.

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The World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival comes to London

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For those of us who dedicate our lives to the food biz you will no doubt agree that creating a “food experience” each day for people to enjoy is no easy task!  There is ambience to consider, an ethos to perfect, and yes of course, a product to deliver. But still, these concepts and so many more are only a drop in the bucket when it comes to creating a successful food business.

The last decade in London has brought with it dynamic chefs from all over the globe who have built destination eateries all across the London capital.  What was once a city whose monuments were the main stars, now play equal billing to our shines of food. Each year, Taste of London – The World’s Greatest Restaurant takes a snapshot of our food world and recreates it amongst the palatial gardens of Regents Park. With a menu card that lists a cornucopia of taster bites, Taste of London gives all of us much more than a mouthful.

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Riedel Wine Glasses – the key to wine is in the glass

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When our recently launched range of Riedel glassware first passed by my desk, I couldn’t help but pause and reflect. That might sound a little Californian-OTT of me, but there was more to it than that.

I first discovered Riedel – The Wine Glass Company while frequenting the acclaimed Los Angeles eateries which I was privileged to work in. While the establishments themselves held their food and wine in high esteem, they also held their crockery, stemware and the conduits they served them in, in equally high regard as well, after all, I’m the first to appreciate that presentation is everything.

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The Grocery Robots are coming to a street near you

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When they told you, you could be traded in for a younger model, you probably never imagined they’d come in the guise of a 2ft tall hunk of plastic attached to 6 wheels and travelling at speeds of up to 4 mph – AND carrying your neighbours groceries. But that’s exactly what residents of Greenwich have coming their way this summer as new driverless vehicle trials begin on the streets of London.

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Valentina Fine Foods: the next level in store design

Valentina Clapham visual makeover

With eight branches already in London, Surrey and Kent, authentic Italian delicatessen, restaurant, cafe and wine shop Valentina Fine Foods, opened their ninth store in Clapham Junction at the taile end of last year.

Valentina called upon the expertise of Eve Reid, founder of The Retail School and visual merchandising specialists, The Metamorphosis Group, to help them with their in-store merchandising, space planning and increasing overall commercial performance.

These exclusive case study pictures gives a real insight into the process and methods behind planning a new store from concept to completion, particularly for retailers moving into their next, third or fourth bricks and mortar enterprise.

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